*This post idea is borrowed (or stolen, however you want to look at it) from Erin. Thanks, Erin!
I love being at home with R and Jordan so much. On Saturdays and Sundays I soak up every moment and feel like we get some good quality time in. I struggle sometimes wanting to play intentionally with her (because I can't during the week) but also wanting to let her play on her own (and learn to not rely on me being in her face all the time). The other day while I sat and watched her play, I got out my big girl camera. I'm trying to be better at capturing some of the little details of her, and I love how these pictures turned out!
WORKING MOM LIFE.
I'll be honest: last week was hard for me. I seem to go in cycles of being really positive about my job situation and the working mom life and I'm all I've got this. And then the bottom drops out and I get negative and jealous about it again. Part of my problem is completely self-inflicted, which Jordan could tell you. I read things on the internet and on blogs that I know will make me feel bad, and I do it anyway. Why? I need better discipline and I'm working on saying no to clicking on links to things that I know won't help maintain positivity. (Examples: A day in the life of a SAHM posts, anything about daycare and a child's brain development, anything titled "How I was able to quit my job to stay at home" because inevitably they are doing literally everything we already do. Dear self: just say no. Also note: don't read comments on said posts. People are rude and don't know what they're talking about.)
I am officially done breastfeeding and R is completely weaned as of a few weeks ago! I was still nursing in the morning and at night, but I just wasn't sure if she was even getting anything. My chest never felt full and I never felt a letdown and to be honest I was kind of just over the whole thing. Pumping at work and ultimately having to supplement with formula was such an emotional and kind of awful experience for me (just being honest) that I realized that I mostly said my goodbyes to nursing when R was 10 months old. One night I decided to just not nurse and see what happened, and then in the morning I gave her a cup with milk instead of nursing.
As it happened, R never seemed to notice or put up a fight. She didn't wake up hungry in the middle of the night or try to pull down my shirt, and that was that! Feeding a baby is so.much.work. and while it was wonderful and I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to provide for R in that way, I'm not exactly sad to be done with that stage of my life.
I have a few sponsored posts coming up that I'm excited about. One of them is a giveaway for a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins! I used to get nervous about approaching brands to partner with for a product review, but I spend a lot of time on this blog and I decided to try and let it work for me. I never want to overload my blog with sponsored campaigns, but I am excited about the ability to monetize my blog even just a little bit! I hope you know that I would never share about a product I wouldn't want to use personally, and I'll always share my honest opinion with you. Check back in a few weeks for the moccasins giveaway! (Thanks to Courtney for the encouragement!)
The Cubs are in the 2016 playoffs, in case you aren't aware. We don't have cable, so we have to get creative about watching the games, but a true fan won't let that stand in their way. Jordan figured out how to get a radio feed for game 2 that we listened to online. This is happening, people!
Jordan has also used his nerdy powers to get me hooked on The Flash. It's a show currently on TV, but seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix. It took me a few episodes to get into, but I am here to tell you that it is so good! There are so many layers of plot to this show it's ridiculous. You are welcome.
So I have a confession. I set our grocery budget at $200 a month for the rest of the year, and we have already spend $180 in October! Yeah, it's the 12th. This isn't going to go well. Looks like it's rice and beans from here on out, and I told Jordan we are eating everything there is to eat in our fridge, freezer, and pantry. No tiny food child left behind. In case you're interested in what we ate in September, go here.
Our little R turned 14 months old on Monday! She is getting more and more confident walking (she sometimes teeters like a drunk person and it's really funny), she still eats any and everything we put in front of her, and she's good about letting us know when she's done by tossing her cup off the side of her highchair. We're working on it. She loves baths, being outside, puzzles, and books. Recently I hit up two kid's consignment stores and found her some great stuff for the upcoming fall/winter! I even found a pair of baby TOMs that will be super cute once she grows into the size 4s. Things I don't want to forget: how she "dances" when she hears music by wiggling the top half of her body, how proud she gets when she turns the vibrate motion on her baby rocking chair, her tiny curl of hair at the back of her head, how she sleeps with her butt high in the air, how she gives kisses by opening her mouth wide and leaning toward your face.
So that's life right now!
What's going on in your budget life right now? What are you binge-watching on Netflix?